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20 Unique Gifts

2013-10-10 13:35:52

Here are 20 unique gift ideas for those "hard to buy for" people in your life!

  1. Cotton hammock, 'Maya Daydream'

    From $144.99
    Soft cotton threads are patiently hand-woven into a spacious hammock. Utilizing ancestral techniques, skilled artisans create this beautiful work and adorn its edges with long fringe, crocheted and knotted by hand. From Maya Artists of the Yucatán, its twin stretchers are carved from pinewood.

    Long before the Spanish arrived upon the coasts of the Yucatán Peninsula, the Maya preferred to sleep and rest in hammocks. They considered the hammock to be like the loving embrace of a mother, due to the comfortable manner in which the body is held and swung within its cradle. Maya Artists of the Yucatán seek to preserve time-honored customs while also offering stylized versions of the original Maya hammock. For them, the hammock is a work of art. Their hammocks are incredibly comfortable, easy to maintain, and may be stored just about anywhere.

    It easily packs for travel to the beach or lake. Extender ropes (measuring 1 meter), hammock hooks ("S" hooks), and step-by-step instructions included for easy installation.

    NOTE: Because each is woven individually by hand, measurements may vary by as much as ten centimeters. There may be slight color variations from hammock to hammock.

    Holds up to 450 lbs. Made in Mexico.

    • 'S' hooks and extender ropes included
    • Hanging instructions included
    • Holds up to 450 lbs
    • 10.8 ft. L x 3.9 ft. W
    • Weight: 8.7 lb
    • 100% cotton and pinewood
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  2. Steel wall art, 'Romantic Duality'

    From $108.99
    A mystical eclipse sparks romance between the sun and the moon in a design by Mexico's Alejandro de Esesarte. He views the moon as that which is feminine, and the sun as that which is masculine. "When the feminine and masculine energies come together there is magic!" affirms Esesarte. Made in Mexico.
    • 23.2" H x 23.2" W x 1.8" D
    • Weight: 2.5 lb
    • Steel
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  3. Red Victoria Leather Purse

    From $129.95

    Evoke the classic elegance of Victoriana without uncomfortable bustles, courtesy of our luxurious red leather purse handmade by leather artisans in Colombia. With brass feet and convenient interior pockets for wallet and phone, it's the perfect combination of new world convenience and old-world attention to detail.

    • 100% leather with nylon lining
    • Zippered top
    • Brass feet
    • Interior features 1 zippered and 2 open pockets
    • 12" H with 15" W x 5" D footprint (30.5 x 38.1 x 12.7 cm)
    • Handmade in Colombia
  4. Dichroic art glass jewelry set, 'Rainbow'

    From $109.99
    Shading from gold to blue and green, the colors of the rainbow appear in orderly array. Nature's splendid promise is fulfilled in luminous dichroic art glass. Debora and Marco present an innovative jewelry set, showcasing the pendant on strands of colorful stainless steel. Sterling silver forms settings for the necklace and earrings.

    Each jewelry set is meticulously crafted by hand, thus no two will ever be exactly identical in color and pattern.

    .925 Sterling silver Made in Mexico.

    • Spring ring clasp
    • Pendant:
         2.4" L x 0.4" W x 0.2" D
      Earrings:
         1.6" L x 0.3" W x 0.2" D
      Cord:
         18.1" L
    • Weight: 0.56 oz
    • Sterling silver and dichroic glass
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

    This item is shipped with a Free Jewelry Box from our partner.

  5. 100% Alpaca wool sweater, 'Inca Muse'

    From $61.99
    Sizes: L, M, XL
    The ancient glyphs of the Inca Empire inspire Fernando Cano to design this elegant turquoise green sweater. He knits it with alpaca wool featuring abstract glyphs on the cuffs and waist. Alpaca wool has been prized in the Andean region for centuries thanks to its warm and light weight fleece. Made in Peru.
    • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
    • Hand wash separately in cold water
    • Weight: 0.8 lb
    • 100% alpaca wool
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Peru. Please allow 10 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  6. Vases, 'Blue Hurricane' (Set of 3)

    From $102.99

    From the workshop of Javier and Efrén comes this set of three vases in glowing blue translucency. The sturdy forged iron bases provide a dramatic contrast to the tinted luminosity of the hand-blown glass, creating a classic and magical feel. Made in Mexico.

    • This hand blown item may vary slightly in color, size and shape
    • Watertight
    • Large:
         5.1" W x 12.2" H x 5.1" D
      Medium:
         5.1" W x 9.1" H x 5.1" D
      Small:
         5.1" W x 7.1" H x 5.1" D
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping, and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.

  7. Leather backpack, 'The Highroad'

    From $199.99
    Ricardo Hinojosa strikes the perfect balance between elegance and rugged chic in the design of this backpack. Tooled of quality leather, the backpack is treated to a special finish to achieve a weathered appearance. The backpack is lined and features a small pocket, as well as two more on the exterior. Made in Mexico.
    • Backpack:
         14.6" H x 12.4" W x 6.9" D
      Straps:
         31.5" L x 1.2" W
    • Weight: 2.8 lb
    • Leather with iron fixtures. Cotton and polyester lining
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Mexico. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  8. Pepper Herb Wreath

    From $54.95

    Caliente! An aromatic festival awaits with this wreath made with peppers and savory herbs. Grown without artificial chemicals and harvested on a small, family-owned farm in California.

    Creekside Farms is a family owned and operated herb and flower farm that grows their herbs and flowers naturally, without harmful fertilizers or pesticides.

    • Marjoram, sage, summer savory, tansy, blue salvia, cherry peppers, chili de arbol, bay
    • Approximately 15" diameter (38.1 cm)
    • Made in the U.S.A.

    Suitable for indoor display only.

    Please note: Your wreath is prepared with extra ingredients to compensate for some unavoidable shedding during shipping. Due to their large size and method of shipping, wreaths cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.

    Shipping Information:
    Choose 3-day service ($12.95) or 2-day service ($17.95) at checkout.

    Please note: This wreath is shipped directly by Creekside Farms for us, and will have an additional per item shipping cost that is calculated in your shopping cart during checkout.

  9. 100% Alpaca wool men's sweater, 'Andean Voyage'

    From $43.99
    Sizes: S, L, M, XL

    Alfredo Falcón designs a handsome sweater for the contemporary man. It is knit of genuine alpaca wool, once reserved for Inca royals and now worn on special occasions by the people of the Andes. Parallel bars of rich brown and elegant white run across the chest and round the arms of this dark brown pull over sweater. Made in Peru.

    • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
    • Use mild detergent only
    • Dry in the shade
    • Hand wash in cold water
    • Wash separately
    • Lay flat to dry
    • Do not dry clean
    • Weight: 1.1 lb
    • 100% alpaca wool
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Peru. Please allow 10 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  10. Amethyst dangle earrings, 'Elegant Fantasy'

    From $54.99

    Like elegant tears of fantasy, amethyst gems glow with surreal translucency. Safely encased in burnished sterling silver, these earrings from Neeru Goel transmit the uniqueness of India's fashionable jewelry.

    .925 rating silver. Made in India.

    • Natural stone - slight variations are to be expected
    • Hook earrings
    • 0.6" W x 1.8" L x 0.2" D
    • Weight: 0.28 oz
    • Sterling silver and amethyst
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in India. Please allow 2.5 to 4 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  11. Women's Batik Robe, 'Through the Seas'

    From $58.79

    The texture of delicate pink coral ripples across blue seas and sapphire lagoons in a magical underwater motif. Inspired by Balinese art and culture, Nyoman Nadri adds contemporary design expertise to create this comfortable batik robe. She fashions it with a front wrap style, generous sleeves and matching belt.

    Batik is a fabric art in which the cloth is stretched on a wooden frame and the design sketched with a pencil. Then a mixture of melted wax is painted by hand onto areas where color is not desired. When the fabric is crumpled into the dying solution, the wax cracks, creating an attractive network of fine lines. The wax is removed and the process is repeated for each color utilized. Finally, the cloth is washed and rinsed to remove any excess dye.

    100% rayon. Wash by hand in cool water, or machine wash with delicate cycle and cold water. Avoid drying in direct sunlight. One size fits all. Made in Indonesia.

    • Do not use a dryer
    • Dry in the shade
    • Hand wash in cold water
    • Hand wash or machine wash on gentle cycle
    • Robe:
         31.5" W x 51.2" L x 11.4" Sleeve (armhole to cuff)
      Belt:
         78.7" L
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Indonesia. Please allow 1.5 to 3 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping, and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.

  12. Amber Vineyard Necklace

    From $57.95
    The warmth of honey, cognac, and green amber are showcased in  a sterling silver vine, setting your look apart from the rest. Our necklace features beautiful Baltic amber, widely held to be the most beautiful in the world.

    • Amber & sterling silver
    • Pendant: 2" H x 1.5" W (5.1 x 3.8 cm)
      Sterling silver chain: 16.5" L (41.9 cm)
    • Handmade in Poland
    Because this item is shipped by a third party, express shipping is not available and express shipping options will not appear in your cart at checkout.
  13. Moonstone pendant necklace, 'Rainbow Sun'

    From $64.99

    Rainbow moonstone brings its allure to this necklace by Shanker. Depicting a stylized sun, he crafts a sleek silver pendant to wear on a sterling chain.

    .925 rating silver. Made in India.

    • Spring ring clasp
    • Chain:
        16.5" L
      Pendant:
        1.0" W x 1.4" L x 0.2" D
    • Weight: 0.28 oz
    • Sterling silver and moonstone
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in India. Please allow 2.5 to 4 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  14. Wood Jewelry Box, 'Ivy Fantasy'

    From $69.99

    Rampant ivy flourishes with style transforming this jewelry box into sublime hand-crafted artistry. Carving with elegant finesse, M. Ayub creates this extraordinary jewelry box from Kashmiri walnut wood. Upon pressing and pulling a panel on the right, the box opens up to two compartments lined with soft velvet, and a smaller one is featured for rings. Made in India.

    • Each artwork is unique -- wood grain, color, and pattern will differ slightly from picture
    • 7.9" W x 3.3" H x 5.1" D
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in India. Please allow 2 to 5 weeks for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping, and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes.

  15. Lapis lazuli dangle earrings, 'Pendulum of Time'

    From $89.99

    "These earrings represent the passing of time and the attainment of serenity," confides Peruvian designer Tiberio Gonzalez. The earrings exude a sense of continuity and fluidity as they glow with the charm of sterling silver and lapis lazuli.

    .925 Sterling silver. Made in Peru.

    • 2.2" L x 0.8" W
    • Weight: 0.25 oz
    • Sterling silver and lapis lazuli
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Peru. Please allow 14 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  16. 100% Alpaca wool sweater, 'Onyx Charm'

    From $79.99
    Sizes: L, M, XL

    Alpaca wool has longed been coveted for its warm, lightweight warmth. Alfredo Falcón preserves a tradition from pre-Hispanic and combines it with modern day vogue for the design of this elegantly casual sweater. Made in Peru.

    • Dry clean only
    • Textile softness: Soft -- this item has been made with natural fibers that are soft to the touch
    • Weight: 0.8 lb
    • 100% alpaca wool
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in Peru. Please allow 10 to 24 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

  17. Amethyst cocktail ring, 'Lilac Butterfly'

    From $54.99
    Sizes: Size 7, Size 8, Size 6
    India's Siddharth captures the magic of a butterfly with sparkling lilac wings. Handcrafted of silver, his ring design sets sterling silver with 2.7 carats of faceted amethyst.

    .925 Sterling silver Made in India.

    • High polish finish
    • Weight: 0.16 oz
    • Sterling silver and amethyst
    • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

    Ships directly from our partner office in India. Please allow 12 to 20 days for delivery. This item is not available for express shipping and cannot be delivered to PO Boxes or APO/FPO.

    This item is shipped with a Free Jewelry Box from our partner.

  18. Recycled Sari Wraparound Skirt

    From $32.95
    Sizes: 36 in., 26 in.

    Celebrate the rich culture of India with a uniquely colorful skirt made from recycled saris. Delightfully lightweight, these skirts are handmade in Nepal using salvaged squares of fabric -- giving a second life to glorious textiles worthy of preservation.

    The sari has been the traditional wardrobe of the India subcontinent for centuries, and is made of handwoven strips of fabrics as long as 29' (9 m). Saris are typically woven with one plain end to be worn concealed within the wrap, and with decorative borders that run the length of the garment. A one to three foot wide elaboration on this decoration makes up the other end. It is this end, known as the pallu, which is worn thrown over the shoulder in some styles of draping.

    • Recycled silk & rayon
    • Fit up to 41" diameter (104.2 cm) waist
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to the handmade and recycled nature of this product, colors and patterns will vary. Please allow us to choose for you.

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  19. Starflower Dreams Hooded Jacket

    From $39.95
    Sizes: L/XL, S/M, XXL, 3XL

    If you could make a jacket out of a happy stroll in the garden, it would look a lot like this. Cozy, lightweight, and cheerful as a sunny day.

    • 100% cotton
    • Hooded
    • Zippered front
    • Handwash in cold water; line dry
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal
    Fit Note
    Sizing in inches / cmChestLength (back of collar to bottom hem)
    S/M36 / 91.423 / 58.4
    L/XL40 / 101.624 / 61
    XXL45 / 111.825 / 63.5
    3XL59 / 15030.25 / 77
  20. Recycled Sari Backpack

    From $32.95

    Set yourself apart as head of the class in our unique backpack. Patches of recycled saris create a mesmerizing bag befit to hold the pieces that make up your colorful life. Plenty of pockets and two bottle holders make this pack as functional as it is attractive.

    • 100% recycled silk
    • Two mesh beverage holders
    • Two zippered external pockets
    • Internal pocket
    • Adjustable, padded straps
    • 15" H x 11" W x 4" D (38 x 28 x 10.2 cm)
    • Handmade in and fairly traded from Nepal

    Due to the handmade and recycled nature, colors and patterns will vary. Please allow us to choose for you.